Rebecca S. Lair-Ybanez

Rebecca S. Lair-Ybanez

Lair-Ybanez Immigration Services, PLLC
  • Immigration Law
  • Michigan
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Rebecca is an attorney licensed in the State of Michigan. She grew up in Grand Rapids, and attended Kalamazoo College where she majored in Spanish and Religion. Soon after graduation, she began work at Catholic Human Development Outreach in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the Immigration Assistance Program where she was first exposed to immigration law. After three life-changing years of helping immigrants reunite with their families, she decided to attend law school, and she graduated and became an attorney in 2006. Rebecca then moved to Chicago where she studied and worked in tax for several years where she specialized in individual international taxation issues. In 2010, she felt the call to come back home to Michigan and immigration law. She worked at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing, Michigan as a Staff Attorney for more than two years before becoming the Director of Immigration Legal Services for the Diocese of Grand Rapids in 2013. She left that post in 2022 to open LYIS, PLLC. She now has more than 14 years' experience in U.S. citizenship and immigration practice. She is a native English speaker, and is fluent in Spanish.

Practice Area
    Immigration Law
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Consult charge is $150.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P70281
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Lair-Ybanez Immigration Services, PLLC
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Immigration Legal Services - Diocese of Grand Rapids
Staff Attorney
Immigration Law Clinic - St. Vincent Catholic Charities
tax preparer
H&R Block
tax department staff
Topel Forman, LLC
Immigration Case Manager
Immigration Assistance and Advocacy - Catholic Human Development Outreach
Northwestern University School of Law
LL.M. (2007) | Taxation
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New England Law | Boston
J.D. (2006)
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Kalamazoo College
B.A. (1999) | Spanish, Religion
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Professional Associations
American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Current
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Michigan State Bar  # P70281
- Current
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Michigan Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
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Illinois State Bar
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Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. Hey my aunty filed for my dad in 2011 i am from india still i havent got any i130 approval it just says we have recieved
A: It sounds like this is a sibling-based petition, or F4 petition. Current processing times for USCIS to process these I-130s is several years right now, depending on the office processing it. However, historically F4 petitions have taken many more years than what USCIS is stating they are currently taking. In my experience, 12 years is not uncommon for F4 petitions from oversubscribed countries like India. You can attempt to make an inquiry, but I believe the most important thing is to make sure that USCIS has the petitioner's current mailing address, so that when they send out the approval notice, it doesn't go to an old address (in case the petitioner has moved.)
Q. I am US citizen, filed I-130 for my 30 years old unmarried daughter in 2021 and in Dec 23 she got married. Pl guide.
A: Unfortunately, the petition now changes from an F1 petition, to an F3 petition. In all likelihood, this will mean a much longer wait for an immigrant visa to be available. You should advise the National Visa Center of the change to avoid being called for an interview before being eligible.
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Contact & Map
Lair-Ybanez Immigration Services, PLLC
5035 Plainfield Ave NE
Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Telephone: (616) 315-6252
Cell: (616) 315-6252
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: In person by appointment only
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